This time next week, we will be in Liverpool getting ready to welcome all our conference attendees!
If you are joining us next weekend, here is the final update on what you can expect!
Jeya Ayadurai has played a role in the research, preservation, and education of Singapore history across more than three decades. Since establishing Singapore History Consultants, a research house on local history, he went on to establish a number of other heritage firms – Journeys Pte Ltd, Haw Par Villa Pte Ltd and The Changi Museum Pte Ltd.
Through his organisations, Jeya has curated and implemented more than 100 educational tour programme and workshops in character and citizenship education. Over the last 28 years, these programmes have reached more than a million students and half a million personnel in the uniformed groups – national servicemen, military personnel and Singapore police force.
His group of companies also manages major heritage and cultural sites that were in danger of marginalisation or destruction such as The Changi Museum, Battlebox at Fort Canning Hill, Chinatown Heritage Centre and Haw Par Villa.
For his contributions, Jeya was awarded the Honorary Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) by the Queen in June 2022 for his efforts in preserving Singapore, British and Commonwealth military history and war remembrance in Singapore. He is also a recipient of the Special Recognition Award from the Singapore Tourism Board.
On top of his work in heritage, he currently serves as the Chairman of the Association of Singapore Attractions.
Pen and Sword
The origin of Pen and Sword Books is closely linked with its sister company, the Barnsley Chronicle; one of the UK’s oldest provincial newspapers – established in 1858 – and one of the few weeklies still in private ownership.The first books published by the company were in response to public demand following of a series of articles published in the newspaper covering local history. Following the success of the Barnsley Pals the company went on to start the Battleground Europe series of guide books going on to acquire the Leo Cooper military history imprint at which point Pen & Sword was born.
Pen & Sword has since established a strong reputation for publishing military history books with an ever growing list across many specialist areas.
As a company we have built a strong list covering the Far East in WW2 and are very proud to work with such organisations as FEPOW to bring this incredibly important and sometimes overlooked part of history to a wide audience having previously published such titles as Conjuror on the Kwai with the inspirational Fergus Anckorn.
Online Conference Update
We are aware that there has been some interest in live-streaming the conference or being able to access recorded talks online afterwards. We have spent the last few months exploring different ways we can offer this; unfortunately, this year, we are unable to make it work. Our priority has been, and has to be, making an in-person conference a great experience for networking and information sharing. We haven’t been able to keep this core ethos and find a way to tie in an online experience this year. We know that some of you may be disappointed to hear this, and we will continue to consider online options for any future events we may host.
If you cannot attend the conference, we are excited to share that the June edition of LSTM’s podcasts will feature some of our conference speakers and will be based on the theme of our conference. We will let you know how to access this podcast as soon as it goes live.